Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to New Zealand.

Find the applicable tariff under ANZCERTA for your product using the Australian government's online ANZCERTA tarrif finder

For further information, visit the New Zealand Customs Department.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariffs

Australian made products that contains over 50 per cent Australian content are not subject to tariffs. Under the Australian New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement, Australian products receive preferential tariff treatment. Companies exporting goods to New Zealand must fulfil New Zealand Customs Department requirements. The Customs Department’s duties and powers are described in the various Customs Acts.

Tariff is based on the Harmonised System, most duties are ad valorem and assessed on the Free on Board (FOB) value (Incoterms 1990).

Non-tariff barriers

Import restrictions

Import licenses are not required to import goods into New Zealand and import restrictions or barriers are not imposes to imports for purely trade-related reasons.

Although, there are strict health, content, safety and origin labelling rules and stringent restrictions relating to animal and plant health requirements.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) certification is required for endangered plant and animal species and products. Find out more about permits to import alerts.

Animal remedies and pesticides must be licensed by the New Zealand Animal Remedies Board or the Agricultural Chemicals Board.

Animal and Plant products including nursery stock, live animals and food are subject to import health standards issued by Ministry for Primary Industries.

A wide range of products are prohibited under biosecurity regulations, while special import requirements apply to weapons and dangerous substances such as chlorofluorocarbons.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

The Ministry for Primary Industries is responsible for packaging labelling. Find out more about labelling and composition.

Under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code there are a small number of foods that can be irradiated.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotes are preferably in New Zealand dollars (NZD), FOB or Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF – Incoterms). Payment is usually by cash against documents or irrevocable letter of credit. 

Documentary requirements

Find out more about commercial import clearance requirements.